STUDENTS INDUCTION PROGRAMME (SIP)
Transition from school to university/college life is one of the most challenging events in a students’ life. When new students enter an institution, they come with diverse thoughts, backgrounds and preparations.
Purpose of Student Induction Programme is to help new students adjust and feel comfortable in the new environment, inculcate in them the ethos and culture of the institution, help them build bonds with other students and faculty members, and expose them to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration.
Student Induction Programme engages with the new students as soon as they come into the institution; before regular classes start. At the start of the induction, the incumbents learn about the institutional policies, processes, practices, culture and values, and their mentor groups are formed.
Students Induction could cover a number of different aspects (SAGE):
- Socializing: meeting other new students, senior students, students union, Lectures by Eminent People;
- Associating: visits to University / college, visits to Dept./Branch/ Programme of study & important places on campus, local area, city and so on;
- Governing: rules and regulations, student support etc;
- Experiencing: Subject lectures, study skills, small-group activities, physical activity, creative and performing arts, literary activities, universal human values, etc.
- It is mandatory for all the fresh students admitted in any UG Degree Programme offered by the college.
- To help the students feel comfortable in the new environment and adjust to the customs and practices of the college.
- To enable the students to become familiar with the amenities and accessing the intellectual and physical resources of the institutions
- The main aim of the programme is to instil the ideas, practices and spirit of St. Thomas College and its unique features.
- To enable the students to understand and have better relationship with the faculty members for setting the pace of fruitful teaching learning experiences.
- To create comfortable environment to the newly admitted students to approach faculty mentor when facing any academic, financial and psychological problems through the well-structured Mentor Mentee network.
- Giving attention to stimulating social integration of students among themselves and with teachers.
- Introducing the student support systems of the college.
Students Induction Programme Committee
- Saju M. I. (Convenor)
- Jiju A. Mathew (J. Convenor)
- (Sr.) Alphonsa Mathew
- David C. V.
- Mejoy Jose
- Reeja Johnson
- Viji M.
- Sunil Sunny Chalakkal
- Sabu A. S.
- Sindhu George
- Rani Sebastian
- Ashbin Mathew
Components of SIP
- Orientation on Students Induction Programme to Faculty
- Orientation by Heads of the Institution
- Orientation by Eminent Personalities
- Introducing to Higher Education, St. Thomas College
- Orientation by Vision, Mission, Core values and Code of Conduct.
- Orientation by Heads of the Departments to their Department students
- Introducing Scholarships, e‐Grants, Office Procedures
- Basics of Regulations, Curriculum & Syllabus and office of CoE
- Orientation by Placement Cell, Admission Cell, Women Cell, Innovation Cell
- Introducing Fine Arts Activities
- Awareness by Anti Narcotic Cell, Anti-Ragging Cell
- Introducing the Library
- Introducing SSP, ASAP and WWS
- Introducing NSS and NCC
- An Awareness on Mentor‐Mentee System
- Feedback & Evaluation
- Identifying Advanced Learners and Slow learners.
INDUCTION PROGRAMME – FOLLOW UP
- SIP is not just a few days programme for the first-year students. It should be continued throughout till the completion of graduation.
- Mentor-mentee system in the college is employed for the follow-up action apart from the involvement of the HoD and class teacher. Mentors meet the mentees regularly and discuss about students progress and welfare and at the end of every semester it should be documented and the documents should be maintained in the department.
- Follow-up of each student is discussed with the parents during class PTA meetings.
- Regular evaluation of Students Induction Programme
- Sending yearly SIP report maintained by the departments along with documentary evidences, photographs and feedback (both manual and video) by the students to UGC AND MHRD/ Ministry of Education.